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Veterans Residing in Harris County Can File Military Discharge Papers for Free at the Harris County Clerk’s Office

Los Veteranos Residentes Del Condado Harris Pueden Registrar Sus Papeles De Baja Del Servicio Militar Gratis Con La Secretaria Del Condado

Harris County Clerk Kicks Off Second Annual Clerks for Christmas Toy Drive Benefitting Young Victims of Sexual Abuse

La Secretaria del Condado Harris Inicia Colecta Anual de Juguetes de Navidad a Beneficio de Víctimas Jóvenes de Abuso Sexual

Harris County Clerk Teneshia Hudspeth to be Honored with the Mickey Leland Public Service Award

La Secretaria Del Condado Harris Teneshia Hudspeth Será honrada Con El Premio de Servicio Público Mickey Leland

Harris County Clerk Teneshia Hudspeth Recognized As One Of Houston's Top 30 Influential Women

La Secretaria Del Condado Harris Es Reconocida Como Una De Las 30 Mujeres Más Influyentes De Houston

An Additional 1.2 Million Marriage Licenses Are Now Available On The Harris County Clerk’s Website

La Oficina De La Secretaria Del Condado Harris Agrega Más De 1.2 Millones De Licencias De Matrimonio A Su Sitio Web

Harris County Clerk Waives Out-of-State Marriage License Fee for Louisiana Residents Impacted by Hurricane Ida

La Secretaria Del Condado Harris Exime La Tarifa De Las Licencias De Matrimonio Para Los Residentes De Luisiana Afectados Por La Tormenta

Harris County Historical Records on Display at Buffalo Soldiers Museum

Registros históricos del condado Harris en Exposición en el Museo Nacional de los Soldados Búfalo

Harris County Clerk’s Back To School Birth Certificate Campaign A Success

La Campaña De Actas De Nacimiento Para El Regreso A La Escuela De La Secretaria Del Condado Harris Es Un Éxito

Harris County Clerk Will Host Final Back To School Birth Certificate Event This Saturday

La Secretaria Del Condado Harris Tendrá El Último Evento Para Conseguir Actas De Nacimiento Para El Regreso A Clases

Harris County Clerk Announces Saturday Events To Provide Birth Certificates For Back To School Registration

La Secretaria Del Condado Harris Abrira En Sabado Para Que El Publico Pueda Obtener Certificados De Nacimiento Necesarios Para La Matricula Escolar

Harris County Clerk Appointed Secretary To New Board Of The International Association of Government Officials

La Secretaria Del Condado Harris Es Elejida A La Junta De Ejecutivos De La Asociación Internacional de Funcionarios Gubernamentales

Harris County Clerk’s Office Partners with UH Hobby School of Public Affairs to Host Inaugural Summer Internship Program

La Oficina de la Secretaria del Condado Harris se Asocia con la Escuela Hobby de Asuntos Públicos de la Universidad de Houston para el Programa Inaugural de Prácticas de Verano

Harris County Clerk is the new Membership Chair for Women Professionals in Government

La Secretaria del Condado Harris es la nueva directora de membresía de la organización Mujeres Profesionales en Gobierno

Harris County Clerk Re-Opens Downtown Office For Civil, Probate and Public Records In-Person Transactions

La oficina central de la Secretaria del condado Harris abre sus puertas para transacciones en persona de registros civiles, testamentarios y otros documentos públicos

Harris County Clerk Digitizes Records to Improve Customer Service

La secretaria del condado Harris digitaliza los registros para mejorar el servicio al cliente

Harris County Clerk’s First 100 Days

Los Primeros 100 Días de la Secretaria del Condado Harris

Harris County Clerk’s Offices Moving Toward Full Operations After the State of Texas Ends Coronavirus Restrictions

La secretaria del condado Harris restaurará operaciones plenas ya que el estado de Texas elimina las restricciones del coronavirus

Love in the Time of a Pandemic: Has COVID Hurt Cupid?

Amor en tiempos de pandemia: ¿Ha COVID lastimado a Cupido?

Harris County Clerk Launches Monthly Newsletter

La Secretaria del Condado Harris lanza boletín mensual

Clerks for Christmas Toy Drive a Success

Harris County Clerk Holds First Annual Toy Drive

Harris County Clerk Announces New Chief Deputy

Teneshia Hudspeth Sworn in as Harris County Clerk

Harris County Clerk’s Office Offering Additional In-Person Services - Real Property Transactions Now Available by Appointment

Harris County Clerk Launches New e-Commerce Website Feature Expands Online Services to Access and Purchase Public Records

Harris County Clerk Announces Online Appointment Scheduling

Governor Abbott Agrees to Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins's Request to Extend the Early Voting Period

Harris County Clerk’s Drive-Thru Voting Pilot Is Highly Successful

Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins Announces Vote by Mail Drop-Off Locations

STATEMENT: Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins on Court Decision to Disenfranchise Sick and Quarantined Voters

Tomorrow is Election Day for the July 2020 Primary Runoff Elections

Early Voting for the 2020 July Primary Runoffs Ends Friday

Record Number of Voters Cast Mail Ballots Ahead of the July 14 Primary Runoff

Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins Reaffirms Voter Safety at the Polls

Early Voting for the 2020 Primary Runoff Elections Starts on Monday

Harris County Clerk Launches New Public Service Announcement "Vote Early and Stay Safe"

Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins Launches 23-Point S.A.F.E. Plan Ahead of July Primary Runoff Elections

Vote by Mail Applications Sent to All Registered Voters in Harris County Age 65 and Up

Chris Hollins Sworn In as Harris County Clerk

Interim Harris County Clerk Appointed

Harris County Clerk Resigns Due to Personal Reasons

Harris County Clerk Urges Voters 65 and Older to Vote by Mail as a Precaution to COVID-19

Primary Election Runoffs Delayed Until July

Harris County Clerk Closing Main Office and Annexes

Early Voting for the 2020 March Primaries Ends Friday

Closures Due to Water Break – Update 1

Closures Due to Water Break

Harris County Implements Virtual Poll Worker for Language Assistance

Tomorrow is Election Day for Special Runoff in Texas House District 148

State Representative District 148 Special Runoff Election Early Voting Begins January 21

Harris County Clerk's Office County Clerk in the News

Greater Houston Black Chamber announces Pinnacle Awards (Defender News, 10/25/2021)

Houston Black Chamber announces 2021 Mickey Leland Public Service Award (Defender News, 10/22/2021)

Watch live: 27th Greater Houston Black Chamber Pinnacle Awards (KHOU, 10/22/2021)

Over 1.2 Million Marriage Licenses Added to Harris County’s Website (Houston Press, 9/30/2021)

Tarrant County clerk fights fraud through new law (Fort Worth Report, 6/17/21)

Harris County Clerk’s Office Partners with UH Hobby School of Public Affairs to Host Inaugural Summer Internship Program (The Paper, 6/18/21)

6,000 history-making Black women 1920 voters celebrated by Houston leaders (Defender News, 6/4/21)

Harris County Clerk’s Office to resume in-person transactions starting Monday (KPRC, 4/29/21)

Harris County Clerk opening downtown office for more in-person services (KHOU,4/29/21)

No Blacks Allowed!!! (Forward Times, 4/14/21)

Harris County Clerk Shares Data Pertaining to Marriage Licenses (Forward Times)

Harris County Clerk’s Office moves toward full operations after statewide COVID-19 restrictions end (KPRC)

Harris County Clerk’s Office returning to full operations (KHOU)

Harris County Clerk wants to inspire others to seek public office (KPRC)

Highlighting Houston's Change Makers for Black History Month (CHRON)

Harris County names Longoria as first elections administrator (The Leader, 11/4)

Incumbents prevail at local, state, federal levels (The Leader News, 11/4)

People putting marriage plans on hold in a big way in the time of COVID-19, Harris County authorities say (KPRC, 2/2/21)

Harris County sees a drop in marriage license applications amid COVID-19 pandemic (KHOU, 2/2/21)

Cupid returning in Harris County despite dip in marriage licenses in 2020 (KRIV, 2/2/21)

Love in the Time of a Pandemic: Has COVID Hurt Cupid? (The Paper, 2/3/21)

Harris County Clerk’s Office Offering Additional In-Person Services (The Katy News, 10/8)

Real Property Transactions Still Accessible in Harris Co. Clerk Office (CW39, 10/12)

Harris County taps Isabel Longoria as first-ever elections administrator (KTRK, 10/30)

Harris County appoints Isabel Longoria as first elections administrator as Hollins prepares to step down (Houston Chronicle, 10/30)

Democrats win Harris County tax assessor, clerk, attorney races (Houston Chronicle, 11/4)

Houston, Meet Your First-time Public Officials (Houstonia Magazine, 11/5)

Teneshia Hudspeth sworn in as Harris County Clerk (Houston Chronicle, 11/17)

Teneshia Hudspeth sworn in as new Harris County Clerk (Houston Chronicle, 11/17)

HBCUs produced Kamala Harris — and most of Houston’s Black elected officials (Houston Chronicle, 12/28/2020)

Harris County Clerk holds inaugural toy drive (Defender News, 12/2)

Harris County Clerk Teneshia Hudspeth Holds First Annual Toy Drive (Houston Style Magazine, 12/4)

Harris County Democrats Do Well in Down Ballot Races (Houston Press, 11/3)

Teneshia Hudspeth Elected Harris County Clerk (KTSU2, 11/4)

Election Day arrives in Fort Bend, Harris County House runoffs [HoustonChronicle.com]

In Harris County, Democratic incumbents draw far more primary challengers than Republicans [HoustonChronicle.com]

Record number of candidates running for Congress in Houston area [HoustonChronicle.com]

Harris County Unveils New Polling Technology For Non-English Speakers [Houston Public Media]

Harris County launches Multilingual Virtual Pollworker program for primary early voting [KHOU]

Harris County unveils multilingual virtual translators for polling sites [Houston Chronicle]

Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman Calls For Ranked-Choice Voting In Texas [Houston Public Media]

First day of early voting in Houston yields spike in turnout from recent cycles [Houston Chronicle]

Harris County Clerk promises faster election night vote count after November breakdown [Houston Chronicle]

Harris County Clerk Closing Main Office and Annexes to the Public [Tribune]

Harris County primary runoff elections set for July 14 due to coronavirus [KHOU]

Coronavirus has huge impact on voting and campaigns during an election year [KPRC]

Harris County voters older than 65 asked to vote by mail in primary elections [KHOU]

Voting By Mail Brings New Challenges In The Coronavirus Election Year [Houston Public Media]

AG Ken Paxton Warns Against Expanding Vote By Mail [Houston Public Media]

Survey: Harris County poll workers willing to show up amid pandemic, voters’ reaction mixed [Houston Chronicle]

Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman to resign due to health issue, creating chance for Republicans [Houston Chronicle]

Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman Resigns [Houston Public Media]

Harris County clerk announces resignation, citing coronavirus, health concerns [Community Impact]

Need a marriage license in Harris County during the pandemic? Here is what you need to know. [KPRC]

Harris County to issue marriage licenses again starting May 18 [Community Impact]

Texas Democratic Party official appointed interim Harris County clerk [Houston Chronicle]

Interim Harris County clerk appointed after former county clerk resigns due to health issues [KPRC]

Hollins replaces Diane Trautman who announced her resignation earlier this month citing personal health concerns [KHOU]

Commissioners appoint Christopher Hollins interim Harris County clerk beginning June 1 [Community Impact]

Hollins confident experience will serve him as interim Harris County Clerk [Houston Chronicle]

Grieder: Incoming Harris County Clerk focused on safety, possibilities of 2020 election [Houston Chronicle]

Harris County sends mail ballot applications to every 65-and-over registered voter [Houston Chronicle]

Texas voters will decide for themselves if they need mail-in ballots for July runoffs [Houston Chronicle]

Mail-in voting is hot during pandemic, but are states ready? [ABC News]

County elections officials in Texas taking extra steps to ensure smoother, safer outcomes in July, November [Community Impact]

Debates ensue over mail voting as July runoffs approach in Harris County [Community Impact]

Harris County adds additional early-voting sites, preventative measures for July primary runoff [KHOU]

Harris County releases details on voting precautions for July runoffs [Community Impact]

New Harris County Clerk Unveils Voter Safety Initiatives [Houston Public Media]

After chaotic March primary, new Harris County clerk seeks to avoid same mistakes in July runoff [Houston Chronicle]

Opinion: US Supreme Court should clear way for expanding vote by mail in Texas [Houston Chronicle]

Early voting for runoffs begins today [Baytown Sun]

Start of Early Voting/Keeping Safe in the Face of COVID-19 [Houston Public Media]

Early voting begins Monday with new coronavirus precautions in place [Houston Chronicle]

Masks, distance and plastic dividers: Officials will use runoffs as ‘tests’ for November elections [Dallas Morning News]

Assuring Voter Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic [OutSmart Magazine]

Texas Election Officials Stepping Up Precautions During Early Voting [Texas Standard]

What officials are doing to make runoff election voting safe [KTRK]

New safety protocols in effect during first day of early voting in Harris County [KPRC]

Mail-in ballots drive surge in early voting turnout for Harris County runoffs [Houston Chronicle]

Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins reaffirms voter safety at the polls [Houston Defender]

Harris County Clerk Launches New Public Service Announcement “Vote Early and Stay Safe” [Style Magazine]

Harris County Clerk launches new PSA, ‘Vote Early and Stay Safe’ [Defender]

Reabren oficinas del condado Harris para trámites de certificados de matrimonio, defunción o nacimiento [Univisión 45, 8/10, Torres]

One wedding worry eases as county reopens annex sites [Chron, 8/10, Torres]

Harris County Clerk's Office reopens annex buildings for services by appointment [Community Impact, 8/13, Hollins, Torres]

Harris County expands access to marriage licenses, birth/death certificates, and DBA’s [Defender News, 8/10, Hollins]

Harris County moves forward with creation of elections administrator office [Community Impact, 8/12, Hollins]

Big Voting Decisions in Florida, Wisconsin, Texas: What They Mean for November [The New York Times, 9/13, Hollins]

Facebook helping to recruit poll workers as Harris County staffs up for the election [Houston Chronicle, 9/14, Hollins]

3 ways you can vote in the 2020 election [ABC13, 9/15, Hollins]

"Next generation of poll workers": Young people are stepping up during the pandemic. It might avert a crisis (USA TODAY, 9/24, Hollins)

Fact box: Key legal battles that could shape the U.S. presidential election (REUTERS, 9/24, Hollins)

Harris County’s ambitious election plan calls for 11,000 poll workers; 29,000 people applied (Houston Chronicle, 9/25, Hollins)

Texas GOP Group Asks State Supreme Court to Stop Most Populous County from Voting Early Because of ‘Ballot Harvesting Scheme’ (Law & Crime, 9/28, Hollins)

Houston Republicans Sue To Limit In-Person and Absentee Voting Options in Harris County (The Texas Tribune, 9/28, Hollins)

Local woman gets ballot for long deceased mother (The Tribune, 9/29, Hollins & Lewis)

Texas County’s Embrace of Mail-In Voting Backed by 17 State AGs (Bloomberg, 9/29, Hollins)

Texas, Georgia voters face long lines as early voting kicks off for more U.S. states (CGTN, 10/15, Hollins)

Drive-thru voting locations in Harris County see greater numbers than in-person, despite challenges (Community Impact News, 10/17, Hollins)

Editorial: Texas Republicans tried to stop voters. They lost. (Houston Chronicle, 10/18)

Harris County on pace to reach 50 percent of 2016 local turnout by tonight (Houston Chronicle, 10/19, Hollins)

PODCAST: What is Harris County doing right to get massive early voting numbers? (KHOU, 10/20, Hollins)

Editorial: Texas’ record turnout is what democracy looks like — in case we forgot (Houston Chronicle, 10/20, Hollins)

9,000 votes an hour: Harris County residents are turning out to vote in droves (ABC, 10/20, Hollins)

Texas Democratic Party targets big counties with mail-in voting outreach [Chron, 8/10, Hollins]

Harris County Clerk's Office is looking for over 8,000 people for paid work [ABC13, 8/10, Hollins]

Need a job? Nearly 8,000 jobs up for grabs in Harris County for Election 2020 [Chron, 8/10, Hollins]

As Harris County prepares to send mail ballot applications, state requests quick ruling in appeal [Community Impact News, 9/13, Hollins]

AG Paxton seeks quick appeal on mail-in ballots as applications are set to go out [Houston Chronicle, 9/12, Hollins]

In Texas, Republicans fight voting by mail expansion while encouraging their voters to use it [The Texas Tribune, 9/4, Hollins]

RAMSEY: Voting in Texas could be as easy as a trip to the grocery store [Gainesville Daily Register, 9/7, Hollins]

Houston business owners caught in the middle of post USPS changes [KTRK, 8/17, Hollins]

McNeely: Assault on post office weakens democracy [Longview News-Journal, 8/20, Hollins]

Harris County clerk requests governor extend deadline to receive mail-in ballots to after Election Day [KHOU, 8/20, Hollins]

ICYMI: Harris Country tried to implement “voting by email,” judge said NO [The Hayride, 8/20, Hollins]

Everything you need to know about voting by mail in Texas [Houston Chronicle, 8/20, Hollins]

In Texas, USPS woes and state deadlines could leave voters without enough time to return mail-in ballots [Texas Tribune, 8/20, Hollins]

Harris County clerk asks Gov. Greg Abbott to extend deadline to receive mail-in ballots [Community Impact News, 8/20, Hollins]

Some Late Friday Political Maneuvering Could Impact How You Vote [Reform Austin, 8/22, Hollins]

Harris County Clerk Launches New e-Commerce Website Feature Expands Online Services to Access and Purchase Public Records [The Paper]

"Vote your way", the campaign to promote electoral participation in Harris County [UNIVISION]

Harris County's commitment to motivate participation in early voting [UNIVISION]

Harris County Clerk launches voter education and billboard campaign [KTRH]

Harris County unveils billboards to promote easier Election Day voting [KHOU]

Early Voting has launched, be sure to check waiting online to avoid waiting in line (Video) [SinovisionNet]

Early Voting, Countywide Voting Program and How to use a eSlate Voting Machine at the Polls (Video) [SGN TV 51.3]

Elecciones Tempranas 2019 (Video) [Estrella TV 61]

Votación temprana empezó este lunes en área de Houston [KTMD/Telemundo]

Early voting starts Monday for Nov. 5 elections [Houston Chronicle]

Early voting kicks off in Harris County [Houston Chronicle]

Headed To Vote? Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Houston’s Municipal Election [Houston Public Media]

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo casts her vote on campus [The Cougar]

Early Voting In Texas’ Constitutional Amendment Election Is Tuesday. Here’s What Voters Will Decide [Houston Public Media]

New early voting locations at UH, 2 other campuses help gear up for 2020 elections [Houston Chronicle]

Election Day - Nov. 5, 2019: What you need to know [KHOU.com]

New statute requires county clerk to place address, names of voters online [Chron.com]

MAPPED: Top 10 busiest early voting polling stations in Harris County so far [KPRC, click2Houston.com]

Votación temprana hasta este viernes en área de Houston [Telemundo]

Voter’s guide to Election Day 2019 [The Cougar]

Last day to vote early for the Joint General and Special Elections [KTRH 740]

Election Day 2019: The 10 Texas ballot propositions you should know [KTRK, abc13.com]

Harris County election night results could be delayed because of late rule change [KHOU.com]

Harris County adding vote-counting machines, training election workers for December runoff [KHOU.com]

Harris County clerk to move ballot box collection center to centralized location in effort to expedite election result returns [CommunityImpact.com]

Houston City Council District B race will not appear on Dec. runoff ballot due to lawsuit [Click2Houston.com]

Election Security: How 3 Local Counties Are Preparing For 2020 [Houston Public Media]

Tuesday is last day to vote early in Houston runoffs [Chron.com]

Tuesday is last day to participate in early voting for Dec. 14 joint runoff election [Click2Houston.com]

Early voting ends in Houston runoffs with higher turnout than first round [HoustonChronicle.com]

Early Voting begins in House District 145 special election [Chron.com]

Harris County extends early voting hours for special election [Chron.com]

New Marriage License removes image of man and woman, changes titles for applicants [Click2Houston.com]

Harris County Clerk ditches bride, groom art from marriage licenses [HoustonChronicle.com]

Harris County considering countywide Election Day voting centers [khou.com]

Harris County Commissioners Court advances voting centers idea at Hidalgo’s first meeting [Chron.com]

Trautman to Unveil Plan For Countywide Election Day Voting Centers [HoustonPublicMedia.org]

Harris County Commissioners Court proceeds with countywide polling place program application [CommunityImpact.org]

Trautman to Unveil Plan For Countywide Election Day Voting Centers [Chron.com]

Harris County Offering Countywide Voting for May election [SpringHappenings.com]

Trautman creates countywide voting centers to make elections more accessible [Chron.com]

Harris County aims to expand countywide polling to general elections [Chron.com]

Harris County to apply for ‘successful’ status following initial countywide polling place program implementation [CommunityImpact.com]

Harris County Could Debut Joint Primary Voting In 2020 [HoustonPublicMedia.org]

Harris County shops for new voting machines [KHOU.com]

Harris County considers $74M voting machine overhaul [KHOU.com]

Harris County begins search for new voting machines, aiming for 2021 debut [HoustonChronicle.com]

Harris County receives approval to use voting centers in high-turnout elections [HoustonChronicle.com]

Harris County receives successful status for countywide polling place program [CommunityImpact.com]

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